And thatch the way it goes:
The Fishtown tiki bar The Yachtsman recently sailed off into the sunset, and the owners of The Franklin (112 S. 18th St.) decided to turn their upstairs room into a tiki bar.
General manager Jason Elliott, backed by Brian Maxwell, got his hands on Polynesian-ish carvings, multicolor lights, glasses, bowls, and all sorts of other South Seas kitsch to outfit the place. Plenty of thatch and bamboo, too.
Friday, May 26 is opening night; hours are 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. for now. Weekend afternoons are planned.
Menu is here.
Check my GIF of the large-format drink known as Legends of the Hidden Temple ($24), a rum-based drink for two. The bowl is set in a larger bowl lined with dry ice. Hot water is poured over, and the fog show begins.
There's dim lighting, booth and bar seating, and a playlist mixing exotica, surf rock, and other island-inspired music.